About Hey Pesto!


If I ever manage to write a cookbook I can promise you the foreword will not read ‘I learned to cook at my mother’s knee…. ‘ In school I eschewed Home Economics in favour of science. I didn’t need to learn how to cook – after all I was going to be an Engineer and I’d be able to afford to pay someone to cook for me , wouldn’t I??

I did learn to cook after a fashion in my twenties – my speciality was tuna and pasta bake, out of a packet.  Eating out was so much easier than cooking !

Then for some reason I started buying cookbooks and trying things – not always successfully. In 2001 I needed a break from city life and I opted for a week course in Ballymaloe Cookery School. A strange choice I know but it was a turning point in my life. A year later I turned my back on engineering and enrolled on the Ballymaloe fulltime course.   And the rest as they say is history.

TrioDesserts12 years and 2 house/kitchen moves later my catering business Hey Pesto! is going strong with the main focus on canapés and corporate lunches . In the last few years I’ve also branched out into teaching others how to cook – and I love it.

I am a Fáilte Ireland Food Ambassador , Chairperson of Offaly Delicious Food Network, and was honoured to be chosen as  Offaly Business Woman of the Year 2012.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter 

Contact Yvonne by telephone: 087 2488124 or by e-mail: yvonne@heypesto.ie


12 thoughts on “About Hey Pesto!

  1. Hello, just inquiring do you have any catering packages you could send me. Looking to organise a christening and wondering what the options are?

  2. Hi there,

    Apologies for a very bizarre request:
    I wonder if you still have access to your Mum’s Goodhousekeeping cookbook? I saw a photo of it on your pancake recipe page and am fairly certain it’s the same version as my Mum’s which is an even more tattered state. If you do have access, could you please tell me the year it’s published? I’m trying to see if I can’t find a usable copy for my Mum as a Christmas present, but don’t have the dust jacket or any information other than a very hazy memory of what the cover initially looked at.

    Many thanks if you can do this.

  3. Dear Miss
    My name is Nerea, we are organizing a competition for bloggers related to wine world. I would like to know if you could provide me any email to contact you and give you more details.
    Thank you!
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

  4. i would like to know what you put your turkey to marinate before cooking,i was at demo in flemings on thursday night joyce.

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